Tuesday, November 24, 2015

45th IFFI-Maintaining Digital Film Records more Expensive than Celluloid: Milton Shefter

National Film Heritage Mission of India, a Welcome Step in Preserving The Film Legacy: Milton Shefter  

It is sixteen times more expensive to restore and preserve digital records compared to that of celluloid films according to Milton Shefter, an eminent member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. “The two methods of capturing and storing information have both advantages and disadvantages ,but I personally prefer celluloid tapes as keeping and maintaining digital records are laborious and cost intensive. With temperature and humidity regulation, celluloid tapes can be preserved for centuries but same does not hold for digital films,” disclosed Milton Shefter in a media interaction session of the  46th International Film Festival of India. Milton lauded the efforts of the Government in coming out with a project like National Film Heritage Mission and appreciated its commitment to preserve classic films for future generation. Responding to a question, Shefter highlighted the need for innovation in finding a ‘durable medium’ in storing and preserving film records. Regarding the cataloguing of archival records, he said that there are standard practices and systems in place though the process is challenging. Milton shared his knowledge on film preservation and restoration, in the ‘Master class’ Session. He is known for the two reports he co-authored, ‘The Digital Dilemma” which has been the subject of numerous international press reports and discourses on film preservation.He continues to work and lecture worldwide on issues of media asset preservation and the effects of the digital technologies on long term access of created content. He has presented Master classes on media asset preservation digital issues at several Film Festivals, focusing on emerging filmmakers. Milton R. Shefter is the President of Miljoy Entertainment Inc, a Project Management Consultancy specializing in media asset preservation. He worked on major preservation projects with Hollywood Studios including the Paramount Pictures library/archival project to catalogue, inspect, repair and build archives in several locations to house their moving image and recorded sound collection.He received the Society’s (Society Of Motion Picture And Television Engineers) Archival medal for his work as a leader in media preservation. He is an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science and Technology Council. He chairs the American Society of Cinematographers annual outstanding Achievement Awards and received that organization’s Outstanding Service Award.

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